Microsoft prepares to relaunch Lumia under its personal brand banner

Microsoft LumiaMicrosoft is looking to rebrand the Lumia line following their purchase and integration with Nokia. That means a manufactured product series of new Microsoft Lumia products that seek to move away from the formula of the old company, and make it a part of the new one.

One of the first things Microsoft wanted to make clear with their announcement today was that Nokia Lumia phones are still being sold and supported, and so are not obsolete with the buyout. But that probably won’t be the case pretty soon, as they begin to phase out the old and bring in the new. At least, that is what can be gleaned from reading between the lines.

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Facebook’s new Rooms app takes us back to the days of the early net

  • 24/10/2014 at 01:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook RoomsFacebook has announced their new app, Rooms, a service completely separate from the social network that brings back the format of message boards. Only this time, it is done for a mobile platform.

Message boards still have relevance today, but their popularity has waned in the face of changing social networks and platforms. For example, a traditional message board will still gain a community following, but not in the numbers of Reddit, which maintains a wider appeal.

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Google introduces new Inbox Gmail App, a more intuitive email client

  • 23/10/2014 at 00:03 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google Inbox Gmail AppGoogle has announced the release of a new Gmail App. It is Inbox, an email client that they claim will “work for you”, offering a more intuitive and adaptive experience than their more traditional platform.

Through using Labs and more set features, Google has always shown a desire to improve and change their Gmail service. A big part of that has been the ability to group together messages, first by threaded emails, and then through tagging messages to keep them in a certain category. Inbox is a step beyond their past experiments.

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Google, FIDO Alliance team up for USB powered 2-step security verification

  • 22/10/2014 at 15:52 by It's a Gadget Staff
  • Technology

GoogleThose who are looking for a more intensive security verification process than the usual 2-step model can now add in a physical key to the mix. Google has been the latest to join up with FIDO Alliance, in order to provide a USB powered key that uses the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protection method.

Google already has a standard two-step verification that sends a code to your mobile phone through a text message. That allows you to confirm an unfamiliar device, and gain access to your account if it has been locked for suspicious activity. But that can theoretically be bypassed, such as through cloning a phone and intercepting their text messages. It is a far way to go, but not impossible.

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Apple event brings us the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and new iMac

Apple iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3Apple held their event this week and three new long awaited products have been announced: the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and a new iMac that boasts a Retina 5K display.

While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have managed to gain a whole lot of attention both before and after their release, there was plenty of speculation to go around about the California based Apple Event this week. Most of us managed to guess what was on the agenda for a release, but now we know for sure.

The iPad Air 2 is probably the biggest news, making it the most important tablet release from Apple for awhile. A close second is the iPad Mini 3, followed by the new Retina update of the iMac’s display.

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A look at Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest Version of Google’s mobile OS

Android 5.0 LollipopYesterday we got a look at the latest Nexus devices: the Nexus 6 smartphone, and the Nexus 9 tablet. Both use the latest version of Android, named Lollipop, or Android L. This time around, the big news seems to be the boost in API’s for app developers.

Android was slow in the beginning when it came to the app market, at least when it was compared to the much more prolific Apple. But in the last several years they have managed to close that gap. With apps being released every day, they are looking to further push the production of both indie and official applications for their mobile service.

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Google officially announced Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet, with preorders starting in October

Google Motorola Nexus 6Google has announced the latest in their Android line with the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. Both will be launched in November, with preorders beginning in late October (for the Nexus 6), and October 17 (for the Nexus 9).

The two devices are collaborations between three companies, Google, Motorola (Nexus 6), and HTC (Nexus 9). Both are an attempt to provide “more screen” as their major incentive, as media viewing capabilities become all the more important to consumers.

You can bet that a big drive for this sudden release is the iPhone 6 Plus, and the promise of a new iPad Air 2 that has only just been leaked. The need to take a slice out of the market, especially right now before the iPad’s actual sale, is important. But will the move pay off?

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